It’s time to grab a buoy and hang on—a wave of wonderment swells large on Colorado’s horizon.
That swell–Google for Education Colorado Summit–comes to town Oct. 10-11 for its fourth annual event, sharing techniques and tools to surf the digitally powered wave, which started as a ripple just a few years ago.
Far from dispelling energy, this wave keeps gaining steam, revving and rekindling in its wake an enthusiasm for learning in teachers and students.
And scores of Boulder Valley teachers are riding the crest.
Hosted again this year by the BVSD Ed Tech Team, 500 or so teachers and education technologists are expected to attend the Google for Education Colorado Summit at Monarch High School.
This high-intensity, two-day event is focused on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.
While last year there were 350 – 400 attendees, the goal is to increase participation this year to around 500, according to Kelly Sain, BVSD’s director of educational technology.
The event also is open to the public–and with a venue that holds 800–the BVSD hosts and national Ed Tech Team organizers would love to see a sell-out.
Just How Turned-on Is GAFE?
It may be one of the most amped-up professional learning opportunities around. Participants brim with inspired energy, shown through comments from previous summits that describe the level of engagement and enthusiasm as “off the charts,” and “unlike any other professional development.”
Ms. Sain notes that the event is an excellent opportunity for learning, collaborating and connecting with teachers and leaders across Colorado who are focused on continuing their own learning.
BVSD Ed Tech Team hopes to get “students involved in collaboration and creativity using digital tools” that focus on enabling students to create work for publication to a broader audience.
“This work directly aligns with BVSD’s Success Effect, which focuses on learning, talent and partnerships,” says Ms. Sain.
Sessions include two keynote presentations, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session – plus two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers, on topics such as:
- Deployment & Management of Google Apps
- Google Apps Scripts
- Google Apps for Education Certification
- Chromebooks in Education
- Android and Google Play in Education
- Google Maps and Earth Across The Curriculum
- YouTube for Schools
- Google Glass for Learning
Keynote presenters are James Sanders, director of innovation for the global Ed TechTeam organization and founder of Future Ready Schools; Kasey Bell, an award-winning digital learning consultant and blogger; and Mark Garrison, director of technology for White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota.
Plus, local BVSD experts will likely be on the speaking roster.
“Last year everyone from BVSD’s Ed Tech Team presented, as well as seven other BVSD teachers. We anticipate more teachers will present this year,” says Ms. Sain.
Prepping Senior Leadership
To kick-off the event, BVSD’s Ed Tech Team also will host a Google Leadership Symposium with the help of Google for Education division. Held Oct. 9, the event is for superintendents, chief information officers, directors of curriculum, directors of ed tech and other leaders.
Not only ed tech folks get to have all the fun, parents and interested professionals in educational learning can attend, too.
October 10 & 11, 2015
Monarch High School, Louisville, CO
$325 for singles, discounts available for groups
all photos courtesy EdTech Team Colorado Summit